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[Tutorial] Photo Wallet Mini Album: Kathy Clement's Farewell Post

Posted by Graphic 45 05/31/2018 40 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

 We have a beautifully sentimental post just for you today featuring an outstanding Shaker Wallet Mini Album complete with pro tips and a video tutorial.  All of this goodness is brought to you by our incredibly kind and equally talented USA Brand Ambassador, Kathy Clement. To leave in style Kathy has created this DIY Mini using our  Floral Shoppe collection and Policy Envelopes.  Before we dive in we wanted to remind you what is up for grabs this week for our weekly blog contest. 


Little Women Package


Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package is a Little Women Package, a $65.  The Winner will be announced on the blog tomorrow, Friday, June 1st.


Shaker Wallet Mini

By Kathy Clement


“Hello, Friends!  You’ve heard the saying, “All good things must come to an end.”  It’s one of those facts of life that is inescapable. So here I find myself at the end of my two-year term as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador.  I can honestly say that I’ve had the time of my life representing this amazing company. It hasn’t always been easy to meet the challenges and deadlines, but it sure has been fun!  I feel like I have really blossomed and grown as a designer during this time. So for my farewell post, I chose to work with the Floral Shoppe Collection.  The sentiments found on the ephemera cards say everything that is in my heart about this wonderful experience of being a G45 Brand Ambassador.


Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Bloom Photo Wallet Tutorial


"Bloom where you are planted."


This is a 6” x 4” photo wallet with a shaker element on the cover.  I chose this sentiment because I am so thankful that I was planted on this team!  


Tip: Add a frame to the top of a shaker element to conceal the adhesive beneath.  I die cut two layers of Sunlit Medley using a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die. The frames were adhered together for strength, then added over the top of shaker element.


The photo wallet has a ribbon closure to hold everything together.  I adhered gingham ribbon to the back of the folio, then tied a bow in the front.  



I love working with Graphic 45 chipboard elements!  I used this “Garden” Tab to balance out the floral cluster on the left hand side of the wallet.



Policy envelopes are amazingly versatile.  I cut the bottom from a Black Square Policy Envelope to build this pocket page.



You can’t let a perfectly good pocket remain empty, so I filled this one with photo mounts, a 3” x 4” ephemera card and a little tag.


Tip: Need a tag in a hurry?  Most Graphic 45 Sticker Sheets have a gift tag sized sticker.  Simply mat this on the cardstock of your choice, trim around the edges, add a chipboard charm and you’ve got a lovely little tag in no time!


The front page of the photo wallet folds down to reveal two 6” x 4” photo mounts.  I worked mostly with the “B” sides of each paper to keep the design from becoming too busy.



Tip: Add a small magnet to the back of this “Bloom and Grow” ticket from the Floral Shoppe Tags and Pockets.  Add another magnet beneath the designer paper on the facing page and you’ve got a nifty magnetic closure for this gatefold mechanism.



This center fold down page is created with the rest of that Black Square Policy Envelope.  I show you how to do this in the video tutorial below.



I’ve created little “wings” on either side of the center panel to house these ATC Policy Envelopes and Pockets & Tags.



Friends really are the flowers in the garden of life!  I’m so thankful for having had the opportunity to forge new friendships with the other Brand Ambassadors on my team.  I now have friends all across the globe thanks to this amazing experience.



Another hinge element turns the ATC Envelopes into flap pages. I added slash pockets and ATC Ivory Tags here.



These ATC sized mini cards fit neatly inside each of the ATC policy envelopes.  I just used the scraps on my table, a die cut frame and these lovely floral stickers to decorate each card.


Working with this collection is pure joy...and working with Graphic 45 is absolute bliss. I’m very, very thankful that I’ll be continuing on as  Special Projects Designer alongside the amazing Annette Green and the charming Maria Cole this year. Beautiful papers combined with beautiful people has made being a Brand Ambassador the best experience of my life.  And now you have a fresh new crew of amazing artists to carry the torch of creativity forward. Life is good!


I have one final tutorial as Brand Ambassador to share with you.  This one has some gaffes and goofs in it, just to prove that I am human and I do make mistakes!  But you will also learn how to build the base of this lovely little photo wallet...and learn to avoid the pitfalls that tripped me up!  I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for making the journey so memorable!  Group hug!”



Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Products: Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die, Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Foam Tape, Clear Acetate Cardstock, Scoring Tool, Stylus, Scor-Tape, Sequins, Flowers, Cardstock

Wow!  After two years of incredible work, we are excited to get to continue to work with Kathy for our #ClubG45 Special Project Designs.  So be on the lookout for more to come, and check out Kathy's latest Club G45 - Vol 6 projects here.  Big thanks to Kathy for all the amazing tips, tutorials, and inspiration.  And to you for joining us on this fun creative ride.  Be sure to thank Kathy in the comments below, and join us again tomorrow to find out who will win this week's blog contest.  


Happy Papercrafting!

40 Comment(s)

Regina Harrison:
05/31/2018, 10:22:31 AM

This photo wallet is a great idea for a gift and so pretty with the papers you chose. I am thrilled you will still be designing for G45 as I love your projects.

05/31/2018, 11:36:22 AM

Thank you for a beautiful final project - I love it and am inspired to try it myself. I really appreciate your inspiring hints and tips.

Laura Cushman:
05/31/2018, 12:21:12 PM

I have always been inspired by Kathy Clement's projects. This one is a great farewell post! I hope to see more of your projects around Kathy!

Dorothy Norman:
05/31/2018, 12:24:04 PM

I just love anything and everything Graphic 45.

Gerry Wolfe:
05/31/2018, 12:24:19 PM

Great project. Sorry to see you go, I love all your projects. You are so talented.

Sharon Gullikson:
05/31/2018, 12:32:00 PM

The gingham ribbon looks wonderful with the pretty flowers and papers. You ladies amaze me with your vision.

Jan Ross:
05/31/2018, 12:42:57 PM

Kathy - darling project, and I have purchased this collection already just haven't made a project with it yet. I am so sad to see you leaving as an ambassador, and then read that you will be on the design team. Congratulations on that - you are a jewel. And I love what you wrote about your experience as an ambassador and the beautiful products. You will be missed.

05/31/2018, 01:11:27 PM

Wonderful project, thanks for sharing with us!

05/31/2018, 01:24:54 PM

Such a lovely project! Just proves even the “B side” of G45 papers make the loveliest things!! Sorry to lose Kathy as a Brand Embassador, but I can hardly wait to see what you contribute on the design team- Rock On Kathy!!

Michele Lewis:
05/31/2018, 01:34:43 PM

It is sad to see you go Kathy! Your words of encouragement and your beautiful products will be greatly missed!Thank you again for the wonderful prize package Graphic 45! It would be amazing to win!

Carol Hughes:
05/31/2018, 01:35:54 PM, FB

I've wanted the Little Women set since it first came out. Absolutely gorgeous work by Kathy. I've got to try making my own.

Laurie Bradshaw:
05/31/2018, 01:43:02 PM

Just beautiful! I love these colors!

Michele Rogers:
05/31/2018, 01:52:14 PM

Beautiful album. Going to work one up following your wonderful video for a niece going to college.

Claudia Latinette:
05/31/2018, 02:31:55 PM

What a beautiful collection. A must add for my stash.

Sue D:
05/31/2018, 02:47:18 PM

Fabulous photo wallet. Love the flowers and ribbon on the outside.

Michelle Nettleton:
05/31/2018, 03:02:44 PM

Kathys creations are always a hit with me, love the shaker wallet!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

I love the tasteful and beautiful creation!

Vickie ODell:
05/31/2018, 03:58:23 PM,

Kathy, I've always loved your projects. Your style has been perfect for G45 products! I'll continue to visit your blog to see your latest. Hugs and blessings!

05/31/2018, 04:06:17 PM,

What a beautiful album! And I love those brightly colored flowers.

Susan Ashby:
05/31/2018, 04:26:14 PM

Beautiful idea! Love the paper. I have all of it. This would be fun to make with flora. Then again with this years Christmas papers.

Patti Henschen:
05/31/2018, 05:00:15 PM

This is a great gift idea!

05/31/2018, 05:06:38 PM

Another lovely project, Kathy! So glad you will still be designing special projects for us!

Pat Dunajski:
05/31/2018, 05:43:45 PM

Great project as usual Kathy. Glad you will be staying on. This collection is so beautiful, I can see why you chose it.

Mary Whitcomb:
05/31/2018, 05:44:31 PM

Oh Kathy... I just cannot imagine you are posting your final project with Graphic 45. I have so loved seeing your beautiful creations and have been inspired to attempt my own, because of you. This is just beautiful... Thank You for all of your wonderful creations. Looking forward to the next creations.... as I am sure there will always be more!!

Jan Kennedy:
05/31/2018, 05:58:22 PM

Sweet project! I know this group will miss you!

Diana Dillon:
05/31/2018, 06:29:45 PM

I feel like I am coming late to the party. I am new here and in awe of all the beautiful creations. I came here because of Fairie Dust. I hunted down all of it, I may never cut it. I stayed because I have fallen in love with so many of the beautiful papers and the designs from all of you talented people. I said in another review the new people (the ones I will be following) have a lot to live up too. I wish you the very best, your work is amazing. I know you will be missed.

Marla Grimsrud:
05/31/2018, 06:30:01 PM

Great idea for a small mini album! And this would be another great way to use the Little Women collection along with library cards.

Glenda Buster:
05/31/2018, 06:42:06 PM

Kathy, I always love and enjoy your projects and frequently give you the highest form of flattery by copying them ❤️! Or at least trying to copy them

Vanessa LeClear:
05/31/2018, 06:53:10 PM

Beautiful mini album! Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your creativity with us!

Hope Eisman:
05/31/2018, 07:12:41 PM

Kathy you were one of the best ever. Thanks for all you do

05/31/2018, 07:44:03 PM

Beautiful papers and album. Kathy has been such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing all your projects and for the great tutorials Kathy-loved every one of them.

05/31/2018, 08:01:35 PM

Beautiful! I love your work! Thanks for sharing your talent.

05/31/2018, 10:00:29 PM,

Great project, Kathy!

Sheila Styre-Briere:
05/31/2018, 10:25:06 PM

Beautiful project Kathy, I adore this collection too! You have created so many treasured and inspirational pieces, thank your for sharing your creativity

Carol Edwards:
06/01/2018, 12:19:57 AM

Well Kathy my friend it has been a true pleasure following you on G45 and can't believe it's 2years since you started. I love your work and exciting projects and glad to hear you will still be around on projects. A beautiful album for a farewell post. Thank you for all your tips, hints and inspiration. Graphic 45 produce gorgeous unique papers and products for crafter's everywhere.x

Tamatha Mavraides:
06/01/2018, 04:09:26 AM

This is such a pretty project. I’m going to make a couple of them and send them as happy mail to my pen pals.

Janet Saieva:
06/01/2018, 05:48:08 AM,

WOW Kathy...what a great project and tutorial. You are amazing, my friend!

Sally Royal:
06/01/2018, 08:09:45 AM

I am now following your blog & am loving your creations. You are soooo talented

06/04/2018, 04:13:33 PM

I LOVE to watch your videos. You are so inspiring.

Suzy Q:
06/05/2018, 02:04:28 PM

Luv this wallet Folio! It's such a beautiful idea for a one of a kind gift! You do know how to make papers come alive! And I for one just luv your tutorials... bloopers and all! I'm sure gonna miss your gorgeousness with G45. Gee I luv those papers ...sure hope the new batch of ladies can live up to your standard! Your the best! Hugs to you from Suzy Q

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